Tamlyn Lucy - Republic of Benin - April - 2015



SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of 
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Benin

CANDIDATE: Lucy Tamlyn

Lucy Tamlyn, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Director, Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan in the Department of State. She is known for her expertise in countries with democracy, governance, security and human rights challenges and for her broad experience serving in Africa and with international organizations. Her ability to motivate and lead strong interagency teams, and to set high standards of intellectual and ethical engagement, will enable her to advance bilateral relations with the government of Benin, an important U.S. partner in West Africa.

Previously, Ms. Tamlyn served the Department of State as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Lisbon, Portugal (2011-2013), Economic Counselor, U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France (2009-2010), Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader, Erbil, Iraq (2008-2009), Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, N’Djamena, Chad (2005-2008), Alternate Permanent Representative, Deputy Director, United Nations Economic and Social Council Section, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York (2003-2005), Alternate Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, Rome, Italy (2000-2003) and Political Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1997-2000). She also served in the Office of Multilateral Trade Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Vienna, the Office of Development and Agriculture and the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. Earlier, she worked in the Manufacturer’s Import Promotion Office, Japan External Trade Organization, in Washington, D.C. 

Ms. Tamlyn earned a B.A. from Saint John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland in 1978 and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs in New York, NY in 1980. She has received the Secretary’s Award for Expeditionary Service at the Department of State as well as Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards. Ms. Tamlyn speaks French and Portuguese.